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América Latina en la historia económica

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MARTI, Juan Pablo. National Cooperative of Dairy Producers: Its Creation is Analyzed from the Perspective of Public Policies. Am. Lat. Hist. Econ [online]. 2013, vol.20, n.3, pp.90-113. ISSN 2007-3496.

The article examines the legislative creation of the National Cooperative of Dairy Producers in 1935, as an expression of public policy. The article aims at answering the question of why a cooperative is chosen to organize marketing, processing and distribution of milk in Montevideo, Uruguay. We used a qualitative methodological strategy based on reconstruction of legislative and documentary sources and review of historiographical material. The Uruguayan government created a cooperative with a particular management model and this is related to its form of emergence. First, this is reflected in the governance. Moreover, the origin of the cooperative will establish the primacy of dairy farming on industrial and financial. Finally, we conclude that the interest of the dairy farmers prevails over the one of the consumers.

Keywords : cooperatives; milk; dairy industry; legislation; public policies.

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